In the September 2009 Vanity Fair, the Editor’s Letter described the List as “an enduring record of the best-heeled, best-tailored, best-style-conversant people in the world.” Released in the pages of the magazine from 2004 to 2017, the International Best-Dressed List continued to accommodate cultural shifts, all the while maintaining respect for its history and methods, and reverence for its founder.

With the 21st-century apotheosis of the celebrity and the related fusion of the fashion and entertainment industries, more film and fashion notables—Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Sofia Coppola, Jeremy Irons, Giancarlo Giammetti, Lauren Hutton, Kate Moss—rose to the List’s Hall of Fame.